“Much of the punditry occurring right now says Allen is a top five pick on Thursday evening, although some small-minded simpletons have him falling out the top ten because of arthritis in his shoulder that Allen has stated will not affect his career in the NFL. You can look at his Combine numbers and be underwhelmed and that’s all well and good, but this is as pure a “look at the tape” pick for any team in the draft. Turn it on and realize you have a franchise player ready to go. As far as character goes, there are not too many who can outshine him, either.” — Read More at Team Speed Kills
Allen is an intelligent lineman who adapts well to whatever offenses can throw at him. However, his combine numbers failed to stand out, painting him as merely an above-average athlete compared to some of the other edge-rushing defensive ends available in 2017. As a result, his big numbers may have been the result of playing alongside scores of NFL talent in Tuscaloosa — a bevy of other players that kept opposing offenses from focusing on him.
His speed turning the corner may not hold up against NFL offensive tackles, forcing him to move inside more often and stripping some of the versatility that makes him such an exciting prospect. If he’s going to stick as an interior lineman, he’ll have to add a bit more bulk — though his solid lower-body drive helps mitigate any lack of pounds in the trenches, his sub-300 pound status may prevent him from being a three-down player in the NFL.
Dobbs frequently struggles with his underneath accuracy and delivery. His throwing motion causes him to air mail passes, too. Plus, his footwork needs improvement.
But Dobbs’ biggest flaw is turnovers. He threw 29 interceptions and was sacked 65 times in four seasons. The former Vol isn’t afraid to take chances — as he did here last season against Appalachian State, an effort that led to a fumble recovered by Tennessee — but ball protection is paramount at the quarterback position.